Technology & Period Care
Whether we try to limit our screen time or not, technology is a part of our everyday lives. Most, if not all, of us, have a smartphone, work from a computer, and have specialized equipment to help manage our lives and our households. Whether we like it or not, technology has helped us make impressive strides towards greater efficiency, better collaboration, and easier spreading of knowledge.
So if all of these technological advances are making our lives easier to manage, how might technology affect period care? For so long, we’ve been in charge of tracking and monitoring every aspect of our menstrual cycle by memory, but with the addition of technology, we don’t have to do everything manually, not to mention the new additions to period product technology that have helped us make periods easier to manage and less messy to deal with in the long run.
How Period Tech Has Evolved
We have come a long way since relying on bulky or leaky sanitary products and counting the days on the calendar until Aunt Flo comes for a visit. Not only has our technology evolved to help keep track of our periods, but the manufacturing techniques and tech to help develop more efficient period products have also progressed. Decades ago, we would have never thought that products like period underwear or menstrual cups would exist, and now they are a standard resource.
Our options used to be primarily limited when it came to sanitary products. Not even going back as far as the 1800s or before to the wooden tampons and sanitary napkins of yesteryear, we have come a long way since the rise of adhesive pads and modern tampons we’ve grown accustomed to. These innovations have made period products safer, more effective, and easier to use.
Now we aim to use our progress with period tech to help develop more sustainable sanitary products. We have been more focused on taking an eco-friendly approach to period care, and that’s why innovations like period underwear and menstrual cups have become such an essential element of modern menstrual care. But we’ve evolved in the way we track our cycles as well.
Technological advancements in period tracking and treatment have helped many menstruators care for their cycles better and improve their health and wellness. Being able to anticipate your period makes you better prepared and can also help you track irregularities in your cycle that could be signs of underlying issues. Catching these irregularities and symptoms early can help with prevention and treatment.
Why We Should Embrace It
Improved technology, like period tracking apps, is more helpful in their function than you’d think. Knowing when your period typically arrives is beneficial to know if your period is early, late, or irregular. Irregularities in your period can indicate something is wrong and should be monitored or discussed with your doctor.
Our menstrual cycles can be affected or delayed by stress, poor sleep, poor diet, or even an underlying condition can affect or delay our menstrual cycles. Embracing technological period care can diagnose these irregularities and get the treatment needed to settle things. Advanced period tracking apps can do so much more than just track your cycle, and having one as a tool can help you keep a handle on your health and wellness.
The Orchyd App tracks your flow in-depth by allowing the user to log their cycle, symptoms, mood, sleep, discharge, the heaviness or lightness of their flow, and the product they are using. It can also keep track of ovulation, fertility, and overall health so you know what your body is doing and what it needs. You can also track when you changed your period product with SafeFlow™ so you can stay clean, healthy, and safe. In addition, it comes equipped with Orchyd MD™ so that you can talk with certified professionals about everything from STIs to pregnancy, all from the comfort of your home.
Period tech continues to evolve and progress as we do, and having it at our fingertips is an asset we should embrace to the fullest.